Saturday, 24 December 2011

Causes of Acne - Does Eating Greasy Foods Or Chocolate Cause Acne?


Since your pre-teen days, your parents have warned you that eating greasy foods and especially chocolate, will cause you to develop acne. Can you imagine not being to eat your favorite foods, such as French fries or chocolate?

Not me! But let me give you some scientific findings. Scientist have not found one shred of evidence that links greasy foods and especially chocolate, to the development of acne.

Causes Of Acne

What research has found is that the cause of acne is because of the excess secretion of sebum or oil from your skin. This production of excess amounts of sebum is linked to the imbalance of hormones in your body that occurs during puberty years, taking medicines or if you are under stress, to name a few causes.

This sebum will cause the dead skin to clump on your skins pores trapping bacteria in the pores. When this happens, the bacterium begins to grow triggering a response from your immune system.

The response of your immune system is to attack the bacteria causing inflammation, acne, pimples, blackheads and whiteheads.

Greasy Foods

Since these foods have been proven to not cause acne, it is not an open season to go and eat all the greasy foods you want. Greasy foods, especially those cooked with saturated or trans fats are bad for your health. Much worse than developing acne.

Health conditions that can develop from you eating too much of this greasy foods are clogged arteries, high blood pressure and heart disease.

If you must have foods cooked in grease, cook your foods with unsaturated fats and eat foods or take supplements, with Essential Fatty Acids (Fish Oil). This will provide the proper fats to build fluid cell walls allowing for the easy absorption of nutrients and discharge of wastes.


Now chocolate on the other hand is better for you than greasy foods. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, contain vitamins D, E and antioxidants. All three of these are excellent for you skin and body.

It is recommended that you eat a maximum of six grams (one square) of dark chocolate, to get the full benefits from it.


Those threats your parents told you about greasy foods and chocolate causing acne, have no bases in fact. In fact, research has shown no connection to development of acne and eating chocolate and greasy foods.

What has been found is excess sebum, caused by an imbalance in your hormones, will cause you to develop acne. This imbalance can be caused by a number of reasons with the top two being puberty and stress.

Jimmy C has been studying skin care for many years because of his skin problems in his youth and he is the Editor in Chief of a number of skin care web sites. He has studied many aspects of caring for the bodies skin and keeping it youthful and free of irritants. He has helped many people keep their youthful appearance and operates the web site which discusses many aspects of caring for the skin.

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